You Promised, Remember?

William C. Brownson

READ : 2 Samuel 7:18-29

King David had a good idea. God had blessed him richly. All his enemies had been defeated. He was living in a royal house of cedar. But it troubled him that the ark of God was still kept in a tent. Why not build a proper house for God? When he ran that idea by Nathan, the prophet, he got an immediate green light. But that night the Lord had a different word for Nathan. David was not the man to build God’s house. Instead, God would build him a house! By that was meant a dynasty for the King, a throne that would endure!

David was awestruck. “Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house [my family], that you have brought me thus far?” (v. 18). His heart leaped up in worship. “You are great, O Lord God, for there is no one like you” (v. 22).

Then David prayed like this: “And now, O Lord God . . . as for the word that you have spoken concerning his house, confirm it forever; do as you have promised” (v. 25).

What a way to pray! David listens to God, humbles himself, and offers praise. Then he takes the promise and makes it into a prayer.


Teach us too, Lord, how to turn your promises into our prayers. Amen.